November 6, 2017
Blurb: Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove:for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction.
But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.
She needs to get rid of him, and fast.
Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing.
Disclaimer: This book contains a stunningly hot lacrosse player who isn’t above playing dirty to win over the stubborn girl-next-door of his dreams.
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
The First Kiss Hypothesis is an enjoyable young adult story about Nora Reid, who, after listening to her grandmother’s story about how she fell in love, has decided that the first kiss is how one determines a soulmate. Her first kiss with Eli was less than stellar so even though she’s always crushed on him; he’s out.
For the most part, The First Kiss Hypothesis is a quick enjoyable read. Although it does delve into some heavy subjects like divorce, Alzheimer’s, and autism, the touch is light.
Nora and Eli are mostly likable characters. However, it’s their flaws that kept me from giving this book a higher rating. Nora’s stubborn blinders-fully-on approach grew a bit tiresome. Scientists must always be open to having their hypotheses challenged. Nora just steadfastly clung to hers, unreasonably it seemed to me.
While I liked Eli in Nora’s narrated sections and at the beginning of the novel in his own, I grew to dislike him slightly. My recurring thought was: I know this violence is just in his mind, but he has some anger management issues. I realize that the toughness depicted in his thoughts is probably the author’s way of expressing Eli’s maleness, but ugh. I’m pretty sure that his being an athlete with stinky gear probably took care of that.
That said, this is a cute, quick read.
Some YA readers might have issues with imagined sexual fantasies (they have no depth, but are unusual in this type of read).
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christina Mandelski was born in South Florida, where her love of reading was cultivated in a house full of books. Stories like The Little House series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden, filled her imagination and fueled her dreams to be a writer. That dream came true when her first young adult novel, THE SWEETEST THING, was published in 2011, and she’s beyond thrilled about her upcoming series for Entangled Crush. Chris lives in Houston with one handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, and two freakshow cats. She has a fondness for the beach, her family and friends, and she still loves to read (especially curled up with a good cup of coffee!) She also enjoys shopping, traveling and eating, especially cake. Always cake. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her holed in a cozy spot with her laptop, writing. Visit her at www.christinamandelski.com.
* A Mug
* A blueberry pie scented candle
* 2 lacrosse-themed hair ties
* An assortment of book related stickers (Silver Springs, Emory, chemistry pun, LAX, etc) from Redbubble